If you missed it, yesterday was National Nachos Day. To our amazement, it was not a Tuesday. That's okay, because we want to give those who've missed the national day and chance to make Saturday an extra lazy day –sans cooking.
Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya is said to be the creator of nachos. While working in a Mexican restaurant as a maître d’ in Piedras Negras in 1943, a group of U.S. Army wives came in one evening and asked for a snack. The kitchen staff had already left for the night, so Anaya threw together something simple - tostadas cut into triangles, topped with cheese and jalapenos, and heated in the oven. The snack was a huge hit with the Army wives, and the "Nacho's Special" was born.
Nachos have come a long way from their humble beginnings. We've rounded up 10 tasty and creative nacho recipes for you to try the day after National Nachos Day.
10 Traditional Beef Nachos
Most of us think of ground beef when we think of traditional nachos. This version is easy to make and very versatile. Start with the basics - tortilla chips, ground beef, and cheese - and pile on anything else your heart desires. Diced tomatoes, refried beans, and diced onions are popular add-ons in this style of nachos. To make your own traditional nachos, check out this recipe for Epic Beef Nachos Supreme.
9 Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos
If you're looking for a low-effort nacho recipe, check out these Crock Pot Chicken Nachos. All you'll need is taco seasoning, chicken breasts, salsa, tortilla chips, and 10 minutes to prep. What's not to love about tossing your ingredients into a crock pot and then walking away? Once your chicken is ready, shred it with a fork and spoon it onto your tortilla chips. Add any additional toppings that you want like sour cream, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, or diced onions and enjoy!
8 Caribbean Nachos
For a tropical twist on this traditional dish, try out these Caribbean Nachos. These bad boys use seasoned shrimp or pork instead of beef and are topped with peppers, green onions, avocado, pineapple, cheese, and cilantro. Prepare for an explosion of flavor as spicy, sweet, and salty merge together to create nacho perfection.
7 Vegan Nachos
Vegan options are now available for many popular dishes, and nachos are no exception. Find nachos that suit your lifestyle or impress your vegan friends with these Vegan Sheet Pan Nachos. Seasoned black beans take the place of ground beef in this recipe. You'll only need 5 minutes of prep time and 8-10 minutes for baking to make these tasty vegan nachos.
6 Breakfast Nachos
You may be skeptical about eating nachos for breakfast, but we're sure you'll change your mind after you try out these Breakfast Nachos. Black beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese, avocado, and beautiful sunny-side-up eggs sit atop a pile of sweet and salty lime tortilla chips to form the breakfast of your dreams. The full recipe can be found in the Lalalunchbox's Instagram post shown above.
5 Irish Nachos
A favorite dish at American Irish pubs, Irish nachos are named for their ingredients, not their actual country of origin. These American-born nachos consist of a generous pile of thinly sliced, crispy potatoes topped with corned beef, crisp bacon, shredded cheese, and beer cheese sauce. Get the full recipe here; you won't regret it.
4 Chicken & Waffle Nachos
Believe it or not, this much-loved breakfast combo is also delicious in nacho form. Parmesan flavored waffles topped with bacon, cheese sauce, popcorn chicken, and a drizzle of Sriracha blend together beautifully in this unique twist on nachos. If you want to experience this combo of spicy, salty, and savory at home, check out the full recipe here.
3 Mediterranean Style Nachos
Hummus is all the rage lately, so it makes sense it would find its way onto nachos. To make this dish, you can use tortilla chips or traditional pita bread cut into triangles. Top with hummus, kidney beans, diced bell peppers, halved cherry tomatoes, and fresh parsley. The topping combination is surprisingly perfect and offers a lighter, fresher option than your traditional nachos.
2 S'mores Nachos
Ah, s'mores. Melted chocolate and ooey gooey marshmallow pillowed between two graham cracker halves. Is there anything better? This beloved campfire dessert is now being made in nacho form, and you should definitely try it out. Check out the recipe here.
1 Dessert Nachos
Try out a sweet spin on a classic with these Dessert Nachos. Homemade cinnamon sugar tortilla chips are topped with cream cheese icing, fresh strawberries, chocolate drizzle, and whipped cream in this delicious nacho confection.